Molding 2 - Project Considerations Molding 2 - Project Considerations


  1. Clear, dry stock
  2. Table Saw and molding knives
  3. Jointer (optional)
  4. Router and bits
  5. Clamps for gluing (frame clamps)
  6. Dado Set
  7. Shaper

Safety Tips

  1. Safety glasses or goggles should be worn whenever power tools are in use and when chiseling, sanding, scraping or hammering overhead. This is very important for anyone wearing contact lenses.
  2. Wear ear protectors when using noisy power tools. Some tools operate at noise levels that damage hearing.
  3. Be careful of loose hair and clothing so that it does not get caught in tools; roll your sleeves up and remove jewelry.
  4. The proper respirator or face mask should be worn when sanding, sawing or using substances with toxic fumes.
  5. Keep blades sharp. A dull blade requires excessive force and can slip which causes accidents.
  6. Always use the right tool for the job.
  7. Repair or discard tools with cracks in the wooden handles or chips in the metal parts.
  8. Don't drill, shape or saw anything that isn't firmly secured.
  9. Oily rags are spontaneously combustible, so take care when you store and discard them.
  10. Don't abuse your tools.
  11. Keep a First Aid Kit on hand.
  12. Do not work with tools when you are tired. That's when most accidents occur.
  13. Read the owner's manual for all tools and understand their proper usage.
  14. Keep tools out of the reach of small children.
  15. Unplug all power tools when changing settings or parts.

Know Where Your Hands are at all Times!

Most Common Mistakes

The single most common mistake in any do it yourself project is the failure to read and follow the manufacturer's instructions for any tool or material being used. Other common mistakes include taking the safety measures that are laid out for a project for granted, and poor project planning. Here is a list of hints to successfully complete this project and to do it safely.

  1. Follow the "Golden Rule" of measuring: "Measure twice, cut once."
  2. Provide yourself plenty of time for each step.
  3. Understand your plan. (If you have questions, review that part of the videotape).
  4. When finishing the wood, keep dust and dirt away from the project.
  5. Follow the application instructions for your choice of finish, paint or gilt.
  6. Allow an extra 1/4" to 1/8' inch when cutting the stock.
  7. Experiment with scrap wood before you work on the real piece. This will help with finishing touches like the molding.
  8. Perfectly straight lumber which is free of bows is very important when making molding or picture frames. Verify that all wood for the project is straight and dry before beginning; never assume that lumber is straight when you purchase it.
  9. Be sure your cuts are at an angle of exactly 45 degrees. Use a table saw, shop saw or a miter box.

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